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November 16, 2006

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Professor Julius Getman Publishes First Novel, Strike!

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AUSTIN, Texas—Professor Julius Getman, who holds the Earl E. Sheffield Regents Chair in Law at The University of Texas School of Law, has published Strike! (Plainview Press, 2007). Strike! is Getman's first novel.

Strike! tells the story of a bitter feud at a Maine paper mill. Penned by one of the nation's leading labor experts, the novel conveys the pain and frustration of workers who are asked to sacrifice as their jobs become more physically dangerous, their salaries less adequate, and their management richer.

As Harvard law professor Mary Ann Glendon writes, Strike! is "a vivid portrayal of the effects of a modern labor dispute on friendships, families, and community life. Julius Getman, with his unique combination of local knowledge and storytelling gifts, brings the story to life with power, nuance and compassion."

The novel is the result of more than a half century spent both studying and participating in the labor movement. As the son of a garment cutter who entered the labor force at age 10, Getman graduated from the prestigious Bronx High School of Science, served in the U.S. Army, and graduated from CUNY and Harvard Law School. As a lawyer, he worked with the steel workers, the Connecticut state police, with numerous professionals, and today is advising nurses seeking to unionize. He has been a mediator, an arbitrator, and a member of the National Academy of Arbitrators.

As an academic, he served as the president of the American Association of University Professors. He has taught labor law at Harvard, Stanford, Chicago, Indiana, and UT-Austin for more than forty years. He also teaches law and literature, and works with UT Law's pre-law institutes.

According to New York University professor Cynthia Estlund, "Strike! takes the reader deep inside a community that both comes together and divides over a dramatic labor strike. We see strategizing and second-guessing, romance and resentment, solidarity and tragedy, all from the divergent perspectives of engaging and well-drawn characters. For readers familiar with the history of organized labor, this will be a refreshingly realistic and modern take on the drama of labor conflict. For readers who are new to this terrain, and who might wonder how labor conflict can produce such passion and even violence, this book will open their eyes."

Professor Getman's Publications

Getman's previous books include The Betrayal of Local 14: Paperworkers, Politics and Permanent Replacements (Cornell, 1998) and In the Company of Scholars: The Struggle for the Soul of Higher Education, winner of the 1993 Violet Crown Award.

In addition, Getman is co-author of both Union Representation Elections: Law and Reality (Russell Sage Foundation, 1976) and Labor Relations: The Basic Processes, Law and Practice (Foundation, 1988). He edited a book of essays in 2004 with former Secretary of Labor Ray Marshall (a faculty member at the LBJ School of Public Affairs at UT), The Future of Labor Unions: Organized Labor in the 21st Century.

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